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Chicago Wolves Add #VegasStrong To Arena Boards

The Golden Knights' AHL affiliate has chosen to honor Las Vegas

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Early in the morning last Tuesday, the Golden Knights made a statement.

Actually it was in the form of a tweet, announcing that the phrase #VegasStrong would adorn the boards at T-Mobile Arena during the Golden Knights' home opener, rather than traditional advertisements.

1,700 miles, as this message made waves throughout the hockey world and beyond, it was taken especially to heart in the offices of the Chicago Wolves, the Golden Knights' AHL affiliate.

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: There won't be any advertisements on the boards tonight. Instead, our boards will reflect who we are. #VegasStrong


This led the Wolves' president, Mike Gordon, and chairman of the board/governor, Don Levin, to have a heartfelt conversation about everything that had happened in Las Vegas over the previous two weeks.

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"Mike Gordon called and said that they (Golden Knights) were taking all their boards down for the Tuesday game and putting up #VegasStrong, and we should, too," Levin told "We couldn't take them all down because of contracts, but we decided, let's put some signs up."

From there, the Wolves immediately sprang into action.


Tweet from @Chicago_Wolves: To all affected by the tragedy in Vegas - We are always with you. #VegasStrong


Starting with tonight's home opener against the Ontario Reign (LA Kings), the Wolves' home arena, Allstate Arena, will be flying the #VegasStrong banner on its boards.

Just like it did during the Golden Knights' 5-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.

"Everybody always asks the same questions: how is everybody in Vegas after this terrible disaster," Levin said. "After hearing that, we thought we should probably show our concern, our sympathy for the people in Las Vegas.

"We're also part of the family. We're the little brother. We feel that it's something we should be doing.

"It'll be up for a while."

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